by Stephanie Kuehn
Author Stephanie Kuehn's background as a psychologist informs this YA novel with a mental health focus. The story alternates between two teen girls from very different circumstances who are both struggling. ALA Booklist reviews, "neither believes therapy will help - Camila is convinced she's broken, and Dani doesn't think she has problems with addiction - but that changes as they learn to undo the toxic patterns that led them to this point. Both teens narrate in the first person, giving an intimacy and immediacy to their struggles with depression and addiction that feel authentic. This may be triggering for some teens but a lifesaver for others, as the bittersweet ending is hopeful while acknowledging that recovery is rarely straightforward." This is a tender story of friendship and recovery.
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